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Partial Changes to the International Mail Service upon Promulgation of the New Universal Postal Union Convention (Geneva Congress)

December 10, 2009

Pursuant to the promulgation of the New Universal Postal Union Convention (Geneva Congress), from Friday, January 1, 2010, there will be partial amendments to the international mail service. The main changes are as follows.

Changed Items Current Amendments
Inclusion of personal documents in postal parcels. As a rule, parcels may contain only objects.
(Inclusion of private documents (equivalent to personal correspondence) is forbidden.)
Besides objects, the inclusion of personal documents in parcels is permitted. For items exchanged between parties other than the sender and recipient, besides objects, inclusion of registered documents (formerly known as records and files) is permitted.
Postal items for which a postal refund shall be made in cases where they are returned without the reason for non-delivery being displayed. Parcels only. Besides parcels, this applies also to registered mail and insured mail.
Shortening of compensation period when investigation is renewed. After a renewed investigation in response to a request for investigation, compensation shall be made if no response has been given within 2 months by the office in the destination country. After a renewed investigation in response to a request for investigation, compensation shall be made if no response has been given within 30 days by the office in the destination country.
Additional prohibited items (No provisions)
  1. Fake or pirate-version items.
Military ammunition containing inert explosive devices or inert grenades, shells, or the like, or imitation military ammunition, was added to the list of prohibited goods.
Additional ways of entering name of addressee (No provisions) In cases where the recipient’s address has a post office box number, that number shall be written on the postal item.
Amendments to the packaging requirements, etc. of infectious materials. In cases where biological materials, B-type infectious materials, or dry ice are contained, the prescribed packaging requirements shall be observed. In cases where B-type infectious materials, specimens considered atypical that are taken from patients, or dry ice are contained, the prescribed packaging requirements shall be observed.
Abolition of investigation requests regarding ordinary mail In certain countries, requests for investigation of non-delivery of ordinary mail are possible. Investigations of non-delivery of ordinary mail have been abolished.
Sending conditions by destination country (Afghanistan) The weight limit for small parcels is 1kg. The weight limit for small parcels is 2kg.
Sending conditions by destination country (Indonesia, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Russia) (No provisions) Sending of registered mail or ordinary insured mail containing bank notes or any kind of bearer bond is prohibited.
Sending conditions by destination country (Indonesia, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Russia) The weight limit for special mailbag printed matter is 30kg. The weight limit for special mailbag printed matter is 20kg.
Sending conditions by destination country (Moldova, Uzbekistan, Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan) (No provisions) Sending of ordinary small packets or insured small packets containing bank notes or any kind of bearer bond (checks), etc., is prohibited.
Sending conditions by destination country (Moldova, Russia) (No provisions) Sending of ordinary mail or registered mail containing items subject to excise tax is prohibited.
Sending conditions by destination country (Mongolia) (No provisions) Sending of postal items containing radioactive or infectious materials is prohibited.
SChanges in the conversion rate for SDR (Special Drawing Rights) 1SDR=171.9167 yen. 1SDR=144.8123 yen.


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